Psychology

Welcome

Why choose psychology? The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain; an unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric currents. But why is it that some people suffer from stress or mental illness? Or that others are considered abnormal for deviating from social norms? Psychology looks at questions like these and more. It’s a fascinating science with cutting edge research that has real world applications that you are bound to find interesting.

What skills will I learn? Psychology is a great subject to study because it will give you a number of transferable skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving, planning and conducting scientific investigations, analysing and interpreting data and critical reasoning skills.

Where will it take me? Psychology teaches you more about the way people think. An understanding of the human mind is useful in a number of careers including working in the police, prisons, hospitals, personnel and management, and schools.

Key Stage 5

What will I study? In the first year you will cover introductory topics including how the mind remembers and forgets, why some conform and obey and others do not, and how children form attachments to their caregivers. You will also cover psychology in context including how to define abnormal behaviour, symptoms causes of and treatments for phobias, depression and OCD. You will also learn about the different approaches in psychology, in particular the biological nature of our behaviour and you will also learn to design and conduct your own research.

In the second year you will deepen your understanding of human behaviour by studying additional approaches, biopsychology and research methods, with a focus on analysing statistical data. Finally, you will learn about fascinating tendencies of human behaviour by studying schizophrenia, criminal behaviour and gender development.

Assessment

All assessment is through external exams at the end of year 13. There is no coursework. There are 3 exams which last 2 hours each and worth 96 marks each. All questions are compulsory. Question styles include multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.

Examination Boards

AQA

Resources to Support Learning

Free resources include a digital textbook which, in addition to activities in the paper version, includes quizzes, links to videos and websites, and exam style questions.

There is a dedicated psychology Google team drive which includes powerpoints, worksheets, information sheets, quizzes, and past exam papers and mark schemes.

Careers Links

A range of opportunities exists such as guest speakers, a dedicated careers in psychology lesson and ongoing references during lessons.

Subject Staff

Mrs J. Copeland